Tuesday 21 October 2014

today's weather Today's Weather
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Tonight's Weather
Staying windy for a time this evening as showers die away, and then generally clear and cool early tonight with lowest temperatures of 3 to 7 degrees. Cloud increasing later in the night as patchy rain and drizzle develops across the west and north.

today's weather Tomorrow
Cloudy tomorrow morning with occasional light rain or drizzle, persistent at times over Connacht and Ulster. The afternoon will tend to drier and brighter, especially across the south and east of the country. Mild and breezy with highest temperatures of 11 to 14 degrees.

3 Day Outlook
Headline : Changeable and unsettled weather will continue.

Wednesday night : Mild and mostly cloudy, with patches of rain and drizzle, mainly in Atlantic coastal areas, turning more persistent along north and northwest coasts. Hill and coastal fog also. Min. 8 to 12 Celsius, in a moderate SW'ly wind.

Thursday : The midlands, south and east will be mainly dry, with bright spells, but a few spots of light rain or drizzle may occur, especially on hills and coasts. More persistent rain will move gradually down across Ulster, Connacht and, later, parts of north Leinster. Mild. Max. 13 to 16 C., in a moderate SW'ly wind. On Thursday night, rain will spread to all areas. Clear spells and showers will follow in the north and west and it will turn colder here, but mild elsewhere.

Friday : Bright or sunny spells, but some scattered showers also, most of them in the W & NW. Cool. Max. 11 to 14 C., with mostly moderate SW'ly winds.

Saturday : Cool and windy, with strong and gusty SW'ly winds. A bright day, with sunny spells and scattered showers, the showers most frequent in the southwest, west and northwest.

Sunday : Less windy, with moderate to fresh SW'ly winds. A few bright spells, but some showery rain in places also.

Further outlook : Changeable and unsettled for the early days of next week.

Irish Water Safety - Stay within your depth when swimming in open water
Irish Water Safety is appealing to the public to stay within their depth when swimming in open water during this current spell of hot weather, following an analysis of the thirteen drownings in last year's heat wave.

  • Swim at Lifeguarded waterways - www.iws.ie/bathing-areas-page.html
  • If there is no Lifeguarded waterway nearby then swim at a recognized, traditional bathing area
  • Swim within your depth - stay within your depth
  • Use local knowledge to determine local hazards and safest areas to swim
  • Ensure that ringbuoys are present
  • Make sure that the edges are shallow shelving so that you can safely and easily enter and exit the water
  • Only drink alcohol after your aquatic activity has ended. Stay Away From The Edge after you consume alcohol
  • Never bring inflatable toys or floating killers to beaches, lakes or rivers

The majority of drownings, 62%, occur inland where river and lake beds can be difficult to see and therefore extremely difficult to determine if you are swimming within your depth. The onset of cramp, combined with the panicked realisation that you are out of your depth can have tragic consequences and be compounded further by the muscle cooling effect of longer periods in open water. Bear in mind that in a recent analysis on drowning over the last 25 years we discovered that 32% of drowning victims had consumed alcohol so stay away from water when you have been drinking.

  • Shout to the casualty and encourage them to shore. This may orientate them just enough
  • Reach out with a long object such a branch or a piece of clothing but do not enter the water yourself
  • Throw a ringbuoy or any floating object and call 112 for the coast guard